Data Protection Declaration
With the following data protection declaration we would like to inform you about the types of personal data (hereinafter also referred to as „data“) we process, for what purposes and to what extent. The data protection declaration applies to all processing of personal data carried out by us, both in the context of providing our services and, in particular, on our websites, mobile, as well as within external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter also referred to collectively as „online offer“).
The terms used are not gender-specific.
- Responsible person
- Overview of the processing operations
- Relevant legal bases
- Security measures
- Transmission and disclosure of personal data
- Processing of data in third countries
- Commercial and business services
- Payment service provider
- Provision of the online offer and web hosting
- Web analysis, monitoring and optimization
- Plugins and embedded functions and content
- Audio and video conferencing
- Deletion of data
- Rights of the persons concerned
- Definitions of terms
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Reinhard Klein-Arendt and Dr. Birte Kathage GbR
Fax: +49 221-16889922
Legal notice: https://prowiss-online.com/en/legal-notice/
Authorized representatives and responsible persons:
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Reinhard Klein-Arendt and Dr. Birte Kathage
Overview of the processing operations
The following table summarises the types of data processed and the purposes of their processing, and refers to the data subjects.
Types of data processed
- Stock data (e.g. names, addresses).
- Content data (e.g. entries in online forms).
- Contact details (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers).
- Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times).
- Location data (information on the geographical position of a device or person).
- Contract data (e.g. object of contract, duration, customer category).
- Payment data (e.g. bank details, invoices, payment history).
Categories of data subjects
- Business and contractual partners.
- Interested parties.
- Communication partne.
- Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services)..
Purpose of the processing
- Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness
- Visitation evaluation
- Office and organisational procedures
- Contact requests and communication
- Conversion measurement (measurement of the effectiveness of marketing measures)
- Range measurement (e.g. access statistics, recognition of returning visitors)
- Security measures
- Provision of contractual services and customer service
- Manage and respond to requests.
Relevant legal bases
In the following, we provide the legal basis of the basic data protection regulation (GDPR), on the basis of which we process personal data. Please note that in addition to the regulations of the GDPR, national data protection regulations may apply in your or our country of residence and domicile. If, in addition, more specific legal bases are applicable in individual cases, we will inform you of these in the data protection declaration.
- Consent (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a. GDPR) – The data subject has given his/her consent to the processing of personal data relating to him/her for one or more specific purposes.
- Contract performance and pre-contractual enquiries (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b. GDPR) – Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.
- Legal obligation (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c. GDPR) – The processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.
- Legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f. GDPR) – The processing is necessary in order to protect the legitimate interests of the controller or of a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require the protection of personal data.
We take appropriate technical and organizational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the nature, scope, circumstances and purposes of the processing, as well as the different probabilities of occurrence and the extent of the threat to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, in order to ensure a level of protection commensurate with the risk.
Such measures shall include, in particular, safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical and electronic access to the data as well as the access, input, disclosure, safeguarding of availability and segregation of data relating to them. Furthermore, we have established procedures to ensure that data subjects‘ rights are exercised, data is deleted, and responses are made to any threats to the data. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account as early as the development or selection of hardware, software and processes in accordance with the principle of data protection, by designing technology and by using data protection-friendly default settings.
SSL encryption (https): To protect your data transmitted via our online offer, we use SSL encryption. You can recognize such encrypted connections by the prefix https:// in the address line of your browser.
Transmission and disclosure of personal data
In the course of our processing of personal data, it may happen that the data is transferred to or disclosed to other bodies, companies, legally independent organisational units or persons. The recipients of this data may include, for example, payment institutions in the context of payment transactions, service providers commissioned with IT tasks or providers of services and content that are integrated into a website. In such cases we observe the legal requirements and in particular conclude appropriate contracts or agreements with the recipients of your data which serve to protect your data.
Data processing in third countries
If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA)) or if the processing takes place in the context of the use of services of third parties or the disclosure or transfer of data to other persons, bodies or companies, this will only take place in accordance with the legal requirements.
Subject to express consent or transmission required by contract or by law, we will only process or allow data to be processed in third countries with a recognised level of data protection, contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, where certifications or binding internal data protection regulations exist (Art. 44 to 49 GDPR, information page of the EU Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/international-dimension-data-protection_de ).
Cookies are text files that contain data from visited websites or domains and are stored by a browser on the user’s computer. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user during or after his visit within an online offer. The stored information may include, for example, the language settings on a website, the login status, a shopping cart or the location where a video was viewed. The term „cookies“ also includes other technologies that perform the same functions as cookies (e.g., when user information is stored using pseudonymous online identifiers, also referred to as „user IDs“)
The following cookie types and functions are distinguished:
- Temporary cookies (also: session or session cookies): Temporary cookies are deleted at the latest after a user has left an online offer and closed his browser.
- Permanent cookies: Permanent cookies remain stored even after closing the browser. For example, the login status can be saved or preferred content can be displayed directly when the user visits a website again. Likewise, the interests of users used for reach measurement or marketing purposes can be stored in such a cookie.
- First-Party-Cookies: First-party cookies are set by ourselves.
- Third-Party-Cookies: Third party cookies are mainly used by advertisers (so-called third parties) to process user information.
- Necessary (also: essential or absolutely necessary) cookies: Cookies may be absolutely necessary for the operation of a website (e.g. to store logins or other user entries or for security reasons).
Storage duration: Unless we provide you with explicit information on the storage duration of permanent cookies (e.g. within the framework of a so-called cookie opt-in), please assume that the storage duration can be up to two years.
- Processed data types: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Persons concerned: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Legal basis: Consent (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter a. GDPR), legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f. GDPR).
Commercial and business services
We process data of our contractual and business partners, e.g. customers and prospective customers (collectively referred to as „contractual partners“) within the scope of contractual and comparable legal relationships as well as associated measures and within the scope of communication with the contractual partners (or pre-contractual), e.g. to answer inquiries.
We process this data for the purpose of fulfilling our contractual obligations, securing our rights and for the purposes of the administrative tasks associated with this information and for the purposes of the company’s business organisation. Within the framework of the applicable law, we only pass on the data of the contractual partners to third parties to the extent that this is necessary for the aforementioned purposes or to fulfil legal obligations or with the consent of the persons concerned (e.g. to involved telecommunications, transport and other auxiliary services as well as subcontractors, banks, tax and legal advisors, payment service providers or tax authorities). The contractual partners will be informed about other forms of processing, e.g. for marketing purposes, within the scope of this data protection declaration.
We will inform the contractual partners which data is required for the above-mentioned purposes before or within the scope of data collection, e.g. in online forms, by means of special marking (e.g. colours) or symbols (e.g. asterisks or similar), or personally.
We delete the data after expiry of legal warranty and comparable obligations, i.e., in principle after 4 years, unless the data is stored in a customer account, e.g., as long as it must be kept for legal archiving reasons (e.g., for tax purposes usually 10 years). We will delete data that has been disclosed to us by the contractual partner within the scope of an order in accordance with the specifications of the order, generally after the end of the order.
If we use third-party providers or platforms to provide our services, the terms and conditions and data protection information of the respective third-party providers or platforms apply in the relationship between the users and the providers.
Customer account: Contracting parties can create an account within our online offer (e.g. customer or user account, in short „customer account“). If the registration of a customer account is required, contractual partners are informed of this as well as of the information required for registration. The customer accounts are not public and cannot be indexed by search engines. Within the scope of registration and subsequent logins and use of the customer account, we store the IP addresses of the customers together with the access times in order to be able to prove the registration and prevent possible misuse of the customer account.
If customers have cancelled their customer account, the data concerning the customer account will be deleted, subject to the retention of such data being required for legal reasons. It is the responsibility of the customers to secure their data when the customer account is cancelled.
Economic analyses and market research: For business management reasons and in order to be able to identify market trends, wishes of contractual partners and users, we analyse the data available to us on business transactions, contracts, enquiries, etc., whereby the group of persons concerned may include contractual partners, interested parties, customers, visitors and users of our online offer.
The analyses are carried out for the purpose of business management evaluations, marketing and market research (e.g. to determine customer groups with different characteristics). In doing so, we can, if available, take into account the profiles of registered users including their details, e.g. on services used. The analyses serve solely to serve us and are not disclosed externally, unless they are anonymous analyses with summarised, i.e. anonymised, values. Furthermore, we respect the privacy of the users and process the data for analysis purposes as pseudonymously as possible and, if feasible, anonymously (e.g. as summarized data).
Webshop and e-commerce: We process the data of our customers in order to enable them to select, purchase or order the selected products, goods and related services, as well as their payment and delivery or execution. If necessary for the execution of an order, we use service providers, in particular postal, forwarding and shipping companies, in order to carry out the delivery or execution for our customers. For the processing of payment transactions we use the services of banks and payment service providers. The required information is marked as such within the scope of the order or comparable acquisition process and includes the information required for delivery, or provision and invoicing, as well as contact information in order to be able to make any necessary arrangements.
- Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), payment data (e.g. bank details, invoices, payment history), contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), contract data (e.g. subject matter of contract, duration, customer category), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Persons concerned: Interested parties, business and contractual partners, customers.
- Purpose of the processing: Provision of contractual services and customer service, contact enquiries and communication, office and organisational procedures, management and response to enquiries, security measures, visitor action evaluation, interest based and behavioural marketing, profiling (creation of user profiles)
- Legal basis: Fulfilment of contract and pre-contractual enquiries (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b. GDPR), Legal obligation (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c. GDPR), Legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f. GDPR)
Note: Please remove the passage to the customer account or analysis of the customer data if you do not offer a customer account or do not analyze the data of your customers as described.
Payment service provider
Within the scope of contractual and other legal relationships, due to legal obligations or otherwise based on our legitimate interests, we offer the persons concerned efficient and secure payment options and use other payment service providers in addition to banks and credit institutions (collectively „payment service providers“).
The data processed by the payment service providers include inventory data, such as name and address, bank data, such as account or credit card numbers, passwords, TANs and checksums, as well as contract, sum and recipient related data. These details are required to carry out the transactions. However, the data entered is only processed by the payment service providers and stored by them. This means that we do not receive any account or credit card-related information, but only information with confirmation or negative information about the payment. Under certain circumstances, the payment service providers may transfer the data to credit agencies. The purpose of this transmission is to check identity and creditworthiness. In this regard we refer to the General Terms and Conditions and the data protection information of the payment service providers.
For payment transactions, the terms and conditions and the data protection information of the respective payment service providers apply, which can be accessed within the respective websites or transaction applications. We also refer to these for further information and the assertion of rights of revocation, information and other rights of affected persons.
- Data types processed: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), payment data (e.g. bank details, invoices, payment history), contract data (e.g. subject matter of contract, duration, customer category), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses)
- Persons concerned: Customers, prospects.
- The purposes of the processing: Provision of contractual services and customer service.
- Legal bases: Fulfilment of contract and pre-contractual enquiries (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b. GDPR), legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f. GDPR)
Used services and service providers:
Provision of the online offer and web hosting
In order to provide our online services securely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers from whose servers (or servers managed by them) the online services can be accessed. For these purposes, we may use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, and security and technical maintenance services.
The data processed within the framework of the provision of the hosting offer may include all data relating to the users of our online offer, which are generated within the framework of use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary to be able to deliver the contents of online offers to browsers, and all entries made within our online offer or from websites.
E-mail dispatch and hosting: The web hosting services we use also include the sending, receiving and storage of e-mails. For these purposes, the addresses of the recipients and senders as well as other information concerning the sending of e-mails (e.g. the providers involved) and the contents of the respective e-mails are processed. The aforementioned data may also be processed for the purpose of SPAM detection. Please note that e-mails on the Internet are generally not sent in encrypted form. As a rule, e-mails are encrypted in transit, but (unless an end-to-end encryption method is used) not on the servers from which they are sent and received. We can therefore not assume any responsibility for the transmission path of the e-mails between the sender and the reception on our server.
Collection of access data and log files: We ourselves (or our web hosting provider) collect data on every access to the server (so-called server log files). Server log files may include the address and name of the web pages and files accessed, date and time of access, data volume transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page) and, as a rule, IP addresses and the requesting provider.
The server log files can be used for security purposes, e.g. to avoid overloading the servers (especially in the case of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks) and to ensure the capacity utilisation of the servers and their stability.
- Processed data types: Content data (e.g. entries in online forms), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses)
- Persons concerned: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Legal bases: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 letter f. GDPR).
When contacting us (e.g. via contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media), the data of the inquiring persons will be processed to the extent necessary to answer the contact inquiries and any requested measures.
The answering of contact inquiries within the scope of contractual or pre-contractual relations is carried out in order to fulfil our contractual obligations or to answer (pre)contractual inquiries and otherwise on the bases of the legitimate interest in answering the inquiries.
- Data types processed: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), content data (e.g. entries in online forms), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses)
- Persons concerned: Communication partners, interested parties.
- Purpose of the processing: Contact requests and communication, management and response to requests.
- Legal basis: Fulfilment of contract and pre-contractual enquiries (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b. GDPR), legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f. GDPR).
Web analysis, monitoring and optimization
Web analysis (also known as „reach measurement“) is used to evaluate the streams of visitors to our online offering and may include behavior, interests or demographic information about visitors, such as age or gender, as pseudonymous values. With the help of the range analysis we can, for example, identify at what time our online offer or its functions or contents are most frequently used or invite reuse. We can also understand which areas require optimization.
In addition to web analysis, we can also use test procedures, e.g. to test and optimise different versions of our online offer or its components.
For these purposes, so-called user profiles can be created and stored in a file (so-called „cookie“) or similar procedures with the same purpose can be used. This information may include, for example, content viewed, web pages visited and elements used on those pages, and technical details such as the browser used, the computer system used and information on usage times. If users have consented to the collection of their location data, this data may also be processed, depending on the provider.
The IP addresses of users are also stored. However, we use an IP masking procedure (i.e., pseudonymization by shortening the IP address) to protect the users. In general, the data stored in the context of web analysis, A/B testing and optimization are not clear user data (such as e-mail addresses or names), but pseudonyms. This means that we as well as the providers of the software used do not know the actual identity of the users, but only the information stored in their profiles for the purposes of the respective procedures.
- Processed data types: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Persons concerned: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Security measures: IP-Masking (pseudonymization of the IP address).
- Legal basis: Consent (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a. GDPR), legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f. GDPR).
Used services and service providers:
- WP Statistics: We use the analysis plugin “WP Statistics” from the US provider Veronalabs (5460 W Main St, Verona, NY 13478, USA) on this website. This is a privacy-friendly web analytics software that is used without cookies and where the usage data is stored on our web server in Germany. It is not possible to draw conclusions about the identity of individual users. Website: https://wp-statistics.com/.
Plugins and embedded functions and content
We include in our online offer functional and content elements that are obtained from the servers of their respective providers (hereinafter referred to as „third party providers“). These can be, for example, graphics, videos or social media buttons and contributions (hereinafter referred to uniformly as „content“).
The integration always presupposes that the third party providers of these contents process the IP address of the users, as without the IP address they would not be able to send the contents to their browsers. The IP address is therefore required for the display of these contents or functions. We make every effort to use only such content whose respective providers use the IP address only to deliver the content. Third party providers may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as „web beacons“) for statistical or marketing purposes. The „pixel tags“ can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may contain technical information about the browser and operating system, the websites to be linked, the time of visit and other details about the use of our online offer, as well as being linked to such information from other sources.
- Data types processed: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses), location data (information on the geographical position of a device or person), content data (e.g. entries in online forms), inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers).
- Persons concerned: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services), communication partners.
- Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f. GDPR), consent (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a. GDPR), performance of the contract and pre-contractual enquiries (Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b. GDPR).
Used services and service providers:
Audio and video conferencing
We use online conferencing tools, among others, to communicate with our customers. The specific tools we use are listed below. When you communicate with us via video or audio conference over the Internet, your personal data is collected and processed by us and the provider of the respective conference tool.
The conferencing tools thereby collect all data that you provide/enter to use the tools (email address and/or your phone number). Furthermore, the conference tools process the duration of the conference, start and end (time) of participation in the conference, number of participants and other “contextual information” related to the communication process (metadata).
Furthermore, the provider of the tool processes all technical data required to handle the online communication. This includes in particular IP addresses, MAC addresses, device IDs, device type, operating system type and version, client version, camera type, microphone or speaker, and the type of connection.
If content is exchanged, uploaded or otherwise made available within the tool, this is also stored on the servers of the tool providers. Such content includes, but is not limited to, cloud recordings, chat/instant messages, voicemails uploaded photos and videos, files, whiteboards, and other information shared while using the Service.
Please note that we do not have full control over the data processing operations of the tools used. Our options are largely based on the company policy of the respective provider. For further information on data processing by the conference tools, please refer to the privacy statements of the respective tools used, which we have listed below this text.
Purpose and legal basis
The conference tools are used to communicate with prospective or existing contractual partners or to offer certain services to our customers (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO). Furthermore, the use of the tools serves the general simplification and acceleration of communication with us or our company (legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO). Insofar as consent has been requested, the tools in question are used on the basis of this consent; consent can be revoked at any time with effect for the future.
The data collected directly by us via the video and conference tools will be deleted from our systems as soon as you request us to delete it, revoke your consent to store it, or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies. Stored cookies remain on your terminal device until you delete them. Mandatory legal retention periods remain unaffected.
We have no influence on the storage period of your data, which is stored by the operators of the conference tools for their own purposes. For details, please contact the operators of the conference tools directly.
Conferencing tools used
We use the following conferencing tools:
Note: If you access the “Zoom” website, the provider of “Zoom” is responsible for data processing. However, calling up the website is only necessary for the use of “Zoom” in order to download the software for the use of “Zoom”.
You can also use “Zoom” if you enter the respective meeting ID and, if applicable, further access data for the meeting directly in the “Zoom” app.
If you do not want to or cannot use the “Zoom” app, the basic functions can also be used via a browser version, which you can also find on the “Zoom” website.
Various types of data are processed when using “Zoom”. The scope of the data also depends on the data you provide before or during participation in an “online meeting”.
The following personal data are subject to processing:
- User details: first name, last name, telephone (optional), e-mail address, password (if “single sign-on” is not used), profile picture (optional), department (optional).
- Meeting metadata: Topic, description (optional), participant IP addresses, device/hardware information.
- For recordings (optional): MP4 file of all video, audio and presentation recordings, M4A file of all audio recordings, text file of online meeting chat.
- For dial-in with the telephone: information on the incoming and outgoing call number, country name, start and end time. If necessary, further connection data such as the IP address of the device can be stored.
- Text, audio and video data: You may have the opportunity to use the chat, question or survey functions in an “online meeting”. In this respect, the text entries you make are processed in order to display them in the “online meeting” and, if necessary, to record them. In order to enable the display of video and the playback of audio, the data from the microphone of your terminal device and from any video camera of the terminal device are processed accordingly during the meeting. You can switch off or mute the camera or microphone yourself at any time via the “Zoom” applications.
In order to participate in an “online meeting” or to enter the “meeting room”, you must at least provide information about your name.
Scope of processing
We use “Zoom” to conduct “online meetings”. If we want to record “online meetings”, we will transparently inform you in advance and – if necessary – ask for your consent. The fact of the recording will also be displayed to you in the “Zoom” app.
If it is necessary for the purposes of logging the results of an online meeting, we will log the chat content. However, this will not usually be the case.
In the case of webinars, we may also process questions asked by webinar participants for the purposes of recording and following up webinars.
If you are registered as a user at “Zoom”, then reports on “online meetings” (meeting metadata, telephone dial-in data, questions and answers in webinars, survey function in webinars) may be stored at “Zoom” for up to one month.
Automated decision-making within the meaning of Art. 22 DSGVO is not used.
Legal basis for data processing
Insofar as personal data of employees of proWiss are processed, Section 26 BDSG is the legal basis for data processing. If, in connection with the use of “Zoom”, personal data is not required for the establishment, implementation or termination of the employment relationship, but is nevertheless an elementary component of the use of “Zoom”, the legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) f) DSGVO. In these cases, our interest lies in the effective implementation of “online meetings”.
Otherwise, the legal basis for data processing when conducting “online meetings” is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) DSGVO, insofar as the meetings are conducted within the framework of contractual relationships.
If there is no contractual relationship, the legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO. Here, too, our interest is in the effective conduct of “online meetings”.
Recipients / passing on of data
Personal data processed in connection with participation in “online meetings” will generally not be disclosed to third parties unless it is intended for disclosure. Please note that the content of “online meetings”, as well as personal meetings, is often used to communicate information with customers, interested parties or third parties and is therefore intended to be passed on.
Other recipients: The provider of “Zoom” necessarily receives knowledge of the above-mentioned data, insofar as this is provided for in the context of our order processing contract with “Zoom”.
Data processing outside the European Union
“Zoom” is a service provided by a provider from the USA. A processing of personal data therefore also takes place in a third country. We have concluded an order processing agreement with the provider of “Zoom” that complies with the requirements of Art. 28 DSGVO.
An appropriate level of data protection is guaranteed on the one hand by the conclusion of the so-called EU standard contractual clauses.
Deletion of data
The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with the legal requirements as soon as their consent permitted for processing is revoked or other permissions cease to apply (e.g. if the purpose for which the data were processed ceases to apply or if they are not necessary for the purpose).
Unless the data are deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing is limited to these purposes. This means that the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be retained for reasons of commercial or tax law or that must be stored for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person.
Further information on the deletion of personal data can also be provided in the individual data protection notes of this data protection declaration.
We ask you to inform yourself regularly about the content of our data protection declaration. We will adapt the data protection declaration as soon as changes in the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes make it necessary for you to take action to cooperate (e.g. to give your consent) or to receive other individual notification.
Rights of data subjects
As data subjects, you are entitled to various rights under the GDPR, which result in particular from Art. 15 to 21 GDPR:
- Right of objection: You have the right to object at any time, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to the processing of personal data relating to you which is carried out pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (e) or (f) DPA; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. If the personal data concerning you are processed for the purpose of direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for the purpose of such marketing, including profiling, insofar as it is linked to such direct marketing.
- Right of withdrawal for consents: You have the right to revoke your consent at any time.
- Right of access to information: You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether or not data in question is being processed and to obtain information on such data, as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with legal requirements.
- Right of rectification: In accordance with the law, you have the right to request the completion of the data concerning you or the correction of incorrect data concerning you.
- Right of cancellation and limitation of processing: In accordance with the statutory provisions, you have the right to demand that data concerning you be deleted immediately, or alternatively, in accordance with the statutory provisions, to demand that the processing of the data be restricted.
- Right to data transferability: You have the right, in accordance with legal requirements, to receive data concerning you that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request that it be transferred to another responsible party.
- Complaint to the supervisory authority: You also have the right, in accordance with the statutory provisions, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of suspected infringement, if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you is in breach of the GDPR.
We reserve the right to adapt, supplement and update this data protection declaration if necessary. We therefore recommend that you view and retrieve the data protection declaration at regular intervals.
Definitions of terms
- Conversion Tracking: „Conversion Tracking“ means a procedure to determine the effectiveness of marketing activities. For this purpose, a cookie is usually stored on the user’s devices within the websites on which the marketing measures are carried out and then retrieved again on the target website. For example, we can use this to track whether the ads we have placed on other websites have been successful).
- Credit rating information: Automated decisions are based on automatic data processing without human intervention (e.g. in the case of an automatic rejection of a purchase on account, an online credit application or an online application procedure without any human intervention. According to Art. 22 DPA, such automated decisions are only permissible if data subjects give their consent, if they are necessary for the performance of a contract or if national laws permit such decisions.
- Cross-Device Tracking: Cross-device tracking is a form of tracking in which the behavioral and interest information of users is recorded across devices in so-called profiles by assigning users an online identifier. This allows the user information to be analyzed for marketing purposes, regardless of the browser or device used (e.g. mobile phones or desktop computers). With most providers, the online identification is not linked to clear data, such as names, postal or e-mail addresses.
- IP-Masking: IP masking is a method of deleting the last octet, i.e. the last two numbers of an IP address, so that the IP address can no longer be used to uniquely identify a person. IP masking is therefore a means of pseudonymising processing methods, especially in online marketing
- Interest based and behavioral marketing: One speaks of interest-based and/or behavioral marketing when the potential interests of users in advertisements and other content are predetermined as precisely as possible. This is done on the basis of information about their previous behaviour (e.g. visiting and staying on certain websites, buying behaviour or interaction with other users), which is stored in a so-called profile. As a rule, cookies are used for these purposes.
- Conversion measurement: Conversion measurement is a method to determine the effectiveness of marketing measures. For this purpose, a cookie is usually stored on the users‘ devices within the websites on which the marketing measures take place and then retrieved again on the target website. For example, this enables us to track whether the ads we have placed on other websites have been successful.
- Personal data: „personal data“ shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as „data subject“); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier (e.g. a cookie) or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person
- Profiling: Profiling is any automated processing of personal data that consists of using personal data to analyse, evaluate or predict certain personal aspects relating to a natural person (depending on the type of profiling, this may include information on age, gender, location and movement data, interaction with websites and their content, shopping behaviour, social interactions with other people) (e.g. interests in certain content or products, click behaviour on a website or location). Cookies and web beacons are often used for profiling purposes.
- Range measurement: Reach measurement (also known as web analytics) is used to evaluate the flow of visitors to an online offering and can include the behaviour or interests of visitors in certain information, such as the content of websites. With the help of reach analysis, website owners can, for example, identify at what time visitors visit their website and what content they are interested in. This enables them to better adapt the contents of the website to the needs of their visitors. Pseudonymous cookies and web beacons are often used for the purpose of range analysis in order to recognise returning visitors and thus obtain more precise analyses of the use of an online offering.
- Remarketing: One speaks of „remarketing“ or „retargeting“, for example, when it is noted for advertising purposes which products a user was interested in on a website in order to remind the user of these products on other websites, e.g. in advertisements.
- Location data: Location data is created when a mobile device (or another device with the technical requirements for a location determination) connects to a radio cell, a WLAN or similar technical means and functions of location determination. Location data serve to indicate the geographically determinable position of the earth at which the respective device is located. Location data can be used, for example, to display map functions or other information dependent on a location.
- Tracking: Location data is created when a mobile device (or another device with the technical requirements for a location determination) connects to a radio cell, a WLAN or similar technical means and functions of location determination. As a rule, behavioral and interest information regarding the online offers used is stored in cookies or on servers of the providers of the tracking technologies (so-called profiling). This information can then be used, for example, to display advertisements to users that are likely to match their interests.
- Responsible person: „Responsible person“ shall mean the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or any other body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data
- Processing:„Processing“ means any operation or set of operations which is performed upon personal data, whether or not by automatic means. The term is broad and covers virtually all handling of data, whether it be collection, analysis, storage, transmission or deletion.
- Target group formation: One speaks of target group formation (or „custom audiences“) when target groups are determined for advertising purposes, e.g. insertion of advertisements. For example, based on a user’s interest in certain products or topics on the Internet, it can be concluded that this user is interested in advertisements for similar products or the online shop where he/she viewed the products. Lookalike Audiences“ (or similar target groups) are, in turn, when the content deemed suitable is displayed to users whose profiles or interests presumably correspond to the users for whom the profiles were created. Cookies and web beacons are generally used to create custom audiences and lookalike audiences.